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MS student opportunity: assistantship in marine biology (ocean acidification) at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Position: Research Assistantship (MS in Marine Biology) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

One MS student is sought to study the physiological impacts of future ocean change multi-stressors (OA, increased temperature, reduced salinity) on key marine invertebrates in coastal Alaska. Taking an integrative approach, this project includes biochemical, microscopy and carbonate chemistry analyses with the opportunities for seasonal fieldwork. This position is funded through the National Science Foundation’s EPSCoR Program Coastal Margins research group.

The Kelley lab is seeking a self-motivated, independent, and creative thinker that is excited about pursuing a graduate degree in the study of marine biology in Alaska. Preferably (but not a prerequisite) the successful candidate has experience with the following: Microsoft Office suite, R or Matlab, molecular biology laboratory skills, as well as an understanding of the fundamentals of chemical oceanography as it relates to ocean acidification. Minimum Qualifications: a BS degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Oceanography or a related field. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2019, with the potential to delay until Spring 2020.

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Ocean acidification infographic

The infographic explains the process of ocean acidification and the negative effects it has on the ocean. The infographic was created to educate policy-makers and staffers on Capitol Hill.

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Can Virtual Reality be used as a tool to teach ocean acidification? Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab is looking for volunteers for a study on marine education and outreach.

You are invited to participate in a research study on the challenges to teaching about ocean acidification in formal and informal education. You will first be asked some demographic questions. Then you will be prompted to describe the five most important challenges to teaching about ocean acidification.

Time: Your participation will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

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New ocean monitoring indicators: ocean acidification (video)

Ocean Monitoring Indicators (OMIs) are free downloadable trends and data sets covering the past quarter of a century. These are key variables used to track the vital health signs of the ocean and changes in line with climate change. Knowing how much heat is stored in the ocean, the pH of the ocean, how fast the sea levels are rising and sea ice is melting, is essential to understanding the current state and changes in the ocean and climate. This information is critical for assessing and confronting oceanic and atmospheric changes associated with global warming and they can be used by scientists, decision-makers, environmental agencies, the general public, and in measuring our responses to environmental directives. The OMIs expand the Copernicus Marine Service portfolio to provide not only ocean data products but also key reference information on the state of the ocean.

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From dissolution to solution

Erickson and Crews consider solutions to ocean acidification and encourage students to maximize and expand their impact. While these lessons relate to ocean acidification, they could be incorporated into a larger unit on climate change or human environmental impacts. They also provide a brief overview of the Changing Ocean Chemistry module.

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Ocean acidification investigation

Carbon dioxide contributes to greenhouse gases that trap the Sun’s reradiated heat, causing global warming, which also means ocean water is warming. While other human activities are affecting seawater’s acid-base balance and may be important locally, their total effect is small in comparison with the changes driven by rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (WHOI 2018). The investigation should answer the question: “When water increases in acidity, how does it impact underwater plants and/or seashells (depending on which materials you are using)?” Once students have written their hypotheses, materials, and procedure into their science notebooks, lead a whole-class discussion emphasizing the need to hold all variables constant, except the one being tested (water acidity). Evaluate Ask students to draw a model that shows a causeand-effect chain: the burning of fossil fuels (in power plants, transportation, and factories) to less seafood in the supermarket.

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Masters opportunity: animal eco-physiology and climate change

Application deadline: 15 February 2019

Location: University of Hamburg, Germany

Description: This internship/masters project be start in April 2019 at the Institute for Ecosystem and Fisheries Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. The position is within “CLIMAR”, an international project examining the impacts of ocean acidification and warming on marine animals. The successful candidate will work with embryos and larvae of ecologically impartant fish (Belone belone and/or Clupea harengus). The candidate will conduct short-term experiments examining physiological traits of the Baltic fish such as:
development, survival, metabolic rate, heart rate, biochemical analyses of cellular defense mechanisms and swimming performance, in response to increased CO2 and increased temperature.

Qualifications: The candidate should have:
– a bachelor with experience and interest in animal physiology, ecology or a related discipline
– experience or interest in the laboratory cultivation of marine organisms
– knowledge of the design of controlled laboratory experiments is helpful
– knowledge of ecophysiology and development of marine fish is helpful
– the ability to take responsibility and work independently

For more information, contact Katharina Alter (

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